In This Issue...
DANIEL SWIFT IN LONDON
I walk past squid ink tagliolini and double-baked banana bread. Opposite the
Vietnamese pho stall a man in a string vest and a fedora plays a bluegrass
version of "The Teddy Bear' Picnic" on a double bass, and ten steps away is
a sidestreet and council estate where signs announce closed-circuit cameras
and anti-climb paint.
DANIEL TORDAY ON TV TODAY
In Seinfield and Louie and Mad Men (Megan Draper), the characters want
to be on TV. In Girls they want to be Joan Didion.
A POEM BY MARY JO BANG
The scene is the early 1960's: / a room, a fog-gray wall, an absence
of ambition / as a response to self-doubt.
I am from the Midwest and -- and it's a useful disguise, it is a very
useful disguise. I suppose that it's a matter of creating low
NEW FICTION BY JOYCE CAROL OATES
No one saw Carroll's tattoos except very special people. No one
was so trusted except very special people.
The con worked, and largely because Reagan was the Great
Communicator, just the sort of genial demagogue who could
subvert common sense on behalf of make-believe.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
In some local churches we can see bishops focusing on issues
related to sex. Will Pope Francis remind us that in addition to
having sex, people also have souls?
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